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Thailand

The Free People Movements and Political Awakening in Thailand

Thursday, October 22, 2020

For the first time, the Thai monarchy is the target of reformists’ ire. Many more Thais are seeking a country that is a truly constitutional monarchy and democracy.

ASEAN

Covid-19 and ASEAN Cooperation: The State of Play and Ways Forward

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Apart from collaboration in health and medicine, ASEAN has been inconsistent – even confrontational – in matters where cooperation would be the best course of action.

Asia Pacific

From Abe to Suga: Japan’s Quest for Inspiring Leadership

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

While the longest-serving Japanese leader will rank high among the more memorable and effective of his predecessors, he tended to be more popular abroad than at home.

ASEAN

Asian Politics Needs a Youthful Disruption

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A mentorship program to develop and guide the next generation of Asian leaders is urgently needed.

ASEAN

Unhealthy Air and Plastic Waste: The Nexus of Pollution, Public Health and Corruption

Thursday, August 20, 2020

In Southeast Asia, rampant corruption has fueled an illegal trade in plastic waste, a source of much pollution through dumping, leaching and burning.

China, Leninism and the Pandemic

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Could the way the US has dealt with the pandemic be due Americans' belief that objective reality does not exist and is “constructed” to benefit the elite or experts?

China

Exporting Chinese Governance: Challenges and Issues

Thursday, July 30, 2020

China’s model of governance is both powered and restricted by its apparent immunity to the attractions of democracy, and is a source of anxiety to friend and foe alike.

Global

A Risk-Based Approach to Coronavirus and Crisis Planning

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Health authorities must adopt a targeted approach so that different populations or population segments are treated differently based on their relative risk assessment.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s “Special Trading Status” with the United States: What is at Stake?

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Washington’s threats to end Hong Kong’s special trade status could call into question the city's presence as a separate customs entity and international trading hub.

Japan

The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat – and the Yawn of Postponement?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Even before the coronavirus pandemic forced their postponement, the 2020 Tokyo Games were haunted by memories of past Japanese Olympiads.

Global

The Blame Game: Asia, Democracy and Covid-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Winning the battle against the coronavirus pandemic is not a case of democracy vs. dictatorship or “East vs. West”. What matters are trust, equality and competence.

ASEAN

Democracy in Southeast Asia: Elites are an Obstacle

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Robin Ramcharan of the Asia Centre in Bangkok offers an approach for strengthening democratization in the region.

China

Challenging Days Ahead for Taiwan’s Re-elected Leader

Thursday, January 16, 2020

In her second term, Tsai Ing-wen will need to navigate a tricky path between hardliners in her pro-independence party and Beijing.

China

Taiwan’s Elections Highlight a Generation Gap

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Taiwan elections revealed a wide generation gap among voters. A reason for this gulf is the use of social media and different perspectives on divisive social issues.

Global

Governance and Stability in Cyberspace: What Will it Take?

Thursday, January 9, 2020

While governments have long seen cybersecurity as a national concern, the necessity of including non-state actors in relevant policymaking is slowly being recognized.

China

Shaping the Political Narrative of Hong Kong’s Opposition Movement

Thursday, December 26, 2019

What has kept the Hong Kong protests going? 2019 AsiaGlobal Fellow Massimiliano Santini believes it's all about political narrative.

Global

Agricultural Subsidies and Climate Change: A Policy Reflection from Africa

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Climate change is severely affecting smallholder farmers in Africa, who represent the majority of the agriculture sector across the continent.

Global

In Indonesia, Water Can Be a Public and Private Good

Thursday, December 5, 2019

As an archipelagic nation spread over 17,000 islands, Indonesia faces numerous challenges in addressing water supply and sanitation issues.